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Star Wars: Episode IX Release Date Pushed Back After Abrams' Hiring
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy
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Just hours after J.J. Abrams was confirmed as returning to direct/co-write/produce Stars Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that the release date has been pushed back from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019. Walt Disney Pictures' live-action Aladdin will take over that May 24 date.

No reason was given for the change, however it takes the date previously reserved by Disney for an unspecified "live-action fairy tale film" (which could have been Aladdin, given the quick replacement).

Star Wars: Episode IX will now go head-to-head with Universal Pictures Wicked adaptation, and come one week after Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 2 and Columbia Pictures' Masters of the Universe.

Originally published on Newsarama.